Friday, August 15, 2014

On Writing the History of the American Bible Society--Update #49

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I ended my day in the archives yesterday with sore eyes.  I was reading letters from ABS field agents to New York headquarters during the period of the General Supply (1829-1831).  The script was small and the handwriting was bad.  I have one more box to read through today.  

Having said that, I am finding these letters helpful for getting a sense of the way the ABS promoted the General Supply (a Bible for every family in the United States) at the grassroots level.  The state and local auxiliaries were responsible for distributing Bibles to the “destitute,” but the agents organized the efforts of these societies, started new ones, and represented the ABS on the frontier through preaching and presentations.  Today I read the letters of ABS agents from Illinois, Arkansas, Virginia, and Ohio.

It was another good day on the publishing front.  I got an e-mail from a commercial press expressing very strong interest in the book.  Stay tuned on this front.  I hope to make an announcement soon.